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Executive Director to Retire From Garrison Art Center

Executive Director to Retire From Garrison Art Center

The Board of Directors at Garrison Art Center announces the retirement of Executive Director Carinda Swann at 2016 year-end. Carinda has been involved at the Art Center for 22 years. She has served as director since 2008 and prior to that served as teacher, volunteer, gallery committee member and board member. During her tenure as […]

The Life Story of Steven Dudowitz

The Life Story of Steven Dudowitz

By Elena Castriota  Steven Dudowitz of Mahopac, a dedicated family man and mentor to many, tragically passed away Monday, June 13th after fighting the complications of heart failure for four weeks. He was 55.  Dudowitz was born in Brooklyn on August 24, 1960 and attended Lincoln High School where he was a linebacker on the […]

Robber Nabbed After Caught on Home Surveillance System

Robber Nabbed After Caught on Home Surveillance System

A home surveillance system meant to check up on pets ended up leading to the arrest of a Brewster resident burglarizing a Philipstown home. The suspect, Berit Okay, turned herself in once a home surveillance system captured images of her in the home and were posted online. On June 9, Okay allegedly entered the house […]

Fire Dept. Treasurer Charged with Embezzling $5.7M

Fire Dept. Treasurer Charged with Embezzling $5.7M

The former treasurer of the Mahopac Volunteer Fire Department has been arrested and charged with stealing more than $5.7 million from the department after a cloud of suspicion surrounded him and the department for several months. The United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York confirmed Mahopac resident Michael Klein is facing […]

Putnam Pilot Internship Program Begins

Putnam Pilot Internship Program Begins

Marking its third year, the Putnam Invests in Leaders of Tomorrow (P.I.LO.T) Internship Program has returned for the summer of 2016, beginning with orientation at the Donald B. Smith Campus. “By investing in our high school and college students, we are investing in the future of our county,” says County Executive MaryEllen Odell, “The P.I.LO.T […]

Mahopac Library Budget Approved, Three Trustees Elected

Mahopac Library Budget Approved, Three Trustees Elected

On Tuesday, June 7, Mahopac Central School District residents approved the Mahopac Public Library budget by a margin of 252 votes. The final tally was 311 in favor of the budget, 59 opposed. Voters also elected three candidates to the Library’s Board of Trustees for a term of three years. The newly elected trustees are […]

Business Profile: Seven Stars School of Performing Arts, Brewster

Business Profile: Seven Stars School of Performing Arts, Brewster

Donna and Nicole Aravena, mother and daughter, had a good problem on their hands a few years ago. With more students pouring into their Seven Star School of Performing Arts since Nicole opened more than a decade ago, the original location for the school was getting too small. Offering a wide range of dance, vocal, […]

Why Can’t My Daughter Go To Brewster Schools?

Why Can’t My Daughter Go To Brewster Schools?

Barbara Evans’ daughter was about to start a new chapter in her school career. About to start her freshman year at Brewster High School last September, she had already toured the school and Brewster officials had given her a class schedule. Then, just before her first day of classes, the Evans family was told she was not eligible […]

Patterson Man Found  Dead in Apparent Suicide

Patterson Man Found Dead in Apparent Suicide

The following is a press release from the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Putnam County Sheriff Donald B. Smith reports that a Patterson man who was reported missing late yesterday (June 1st) was found dead today in an apparent suicide. Mr. Dariusz Maslosz, aged 49, was found dead this afternoon (Thursday) in the Cranberry Mountain Wildlife […]

After One Candidate Drops Out, Two Dems to Primary for Senate Seat

After One Candidate Drops Out, Two Dems to Primary for Senate Seat

A candidate for the New York State Senate, Debbie Carter Costello, announced she’s suspending her campaign for the 40th senate district last Sunday, setting up a Democratic primary between the two remaining Democrats. Carter Costello, a Cortlandt councilwoman, said in a statement a Democratic primary, regardless of how spirited and positive it may be, “could […]

Relay For Life Chairperson Proves Early Detection Makes Difference

Relay For Life Chairperson Proves Early Detection Makes Difference

Mahopac resident Mike Dacey doesn’t mind talking about his battle with testicular cancer. While others might be hesitant to discuss a sensitive topic, Dacey is open and relaxed when describing his experience. The more someone talks about their own story, the more others will listen and in the future, it might actually save their life, […]

County Lawmakers Discuss Camp Herrlich Proposed New Contract

County Lawmakers Discuss Camp Herrlich Proposed New Contract

By Neal Rentz A proposal to extend Camp Herrlich’s contract with Putnam County for decades and allow the camp to reduce its lease payments to pay the mortgage on the new building it is seeking to construct was addressed at the May 18 at the Putnam County Legislature’s Physical Services Committee meeting. Robert Gentile, executive […]

Business of the Week: Cacciatori Pizzeria, Mahopac

Business of the Week: Cacciatori Pizzeria, Mahopac

For his entire life, Sal Triarsi has been involved in the pizzeria business and now during the last year, he’s been on his own, operating Cacciatori Pizzeria in Mahopac as it continues to offer an expanded array of pizza and dishes that keep customers coming back. Sharing a special connection with his father, who is […]

Urban Renewal Plan Approved in Brewster

Urban Renewal Plan Approved in Brewster

Battling through criticism from some residents and property owners over the last several months, the Brewster Board of Trustees approved the village’s Urban Renewal Plan last week in hopes of rebooting lagging parts of the village. According to a press release sent out by village clerk/treasurer Peter Hansen, the board voted 4-0, with one abstention […]

Putnam School Budget and Board of Education Results

Putnam School Budget and Board of Education Results

School budgets passed with predictable ease across Putnam County Tuesday night, as six separate school systems saw their spending plans for next school year overwhelmingly approved. In Brewster, the $92.8 million budget passed 899-440, and a bus proposition was also approved. Incumbent Diane O’Brien earned reelection and newcomer Kristin Cacal also earned a seat on […]

Legislators Approve More Money for Tilly Foster Farm

Legislators Approve More Money for Tilly Foster Farm

As lawmakers signed off on another $1.1 million bond for the Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute, County Executive MaryEllen Odell vowed the county property would be a success when the work on the farm is finally completed. “Tilly Foster will be an educational institute that will provide education opportunities for students, both young and old,” […]

Former Health Commissioner Reaches Settlement with County

Former Health Commissioner Reaches Settlement with County

Putnam County and former Department of Health commissioner Dr. Allen Beals have finally parted ways after the two sides reached a settlement agreement in which Beals will get $41,750 from the county. The county Legislature voted 8-1 to approve it, with Legislator Roger Gross the sole lawmaker to vote against it. The settlement ends a […]

Patterson Town Board Signs Off on Fire Department Contracts

Patterson Town Board Signs Off on Fire Department Contracts

After a delay and with an investigation into a missing $1 million from the Patterson Volunteer Fire Department ongoing, the Patterson town board approved a new contract for the Patterson department and Putnam Lake Fire Department last week. After an executive session near the end of last Wednesday’s meeting, the 2016 contract was approved by […]

Kent Officials Prepare for Algae Issues on Lake Carmel

Kent Officials Prepare for Algae Issues on Lake Carmel

Last summer, the woes with blue-green algae in Lake Carmel dampened a scorching summer for Town of Kent residents. This year, the Kent town board is preparing ahead of time in case the algae makes an unwelcomed return. At its April 26 meeting, the town board didn’t commit to if or how it would treat […]

More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

More Money Funneled for Constructed Tilly Foster Farm

Another $1.1 million windfall could be allotted to the newly named Tilly Foster Farm Educational Institute as Putnam County attempts to get the farm fully open and operational again. Deputy County Executive Bruce Walker explained the construction would total $2.4 million with much of the work occurring in-house by county highway department workers. Once work […]

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

Another Democrat Throws Hat into 40th Senate Seat Ring

The Democratic field for the 40th New York State Senate seat is starting to get crowded. Another Democratic candidate, Ali Boak, has come forward to run for the seat currently held by first term Republican Senator Terrence Murphy (R/Yorktown). Andrew Falk and Cortlandt Councilwoman Debbie Costello have both already announced their plans to run for […]

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

Stage Set for Republican Primary in District 6 Leg. Race

It appears the District 6 legislative seat might have a Republican primary on the horizon. Former inspector general for the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department Patrick Perry confirmed he plans on forcing a Republican primary against Paul Jonke, who was endorsed by the Southeast GOP Committee a couple of weeks ago. After managing and assisting several […]

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

New IDA Members Set to Be Appointed by Legislators

Putnam County lawmakers appear to have finally decided on new members to join the beleaguered county Industrial Development Agency, even if the final approval will be delayed by a week. Five county residents were moved forward, including William Carlin, Erin Meagher, Bill Nulk, Dario Gristina, and Steven Baranowski. Carlin is the commissioner for the Department […]

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

As Earth Day Nears, Putnam Residents Look to Clean Up Mess

Men’s and women’s undergarments, beer bottles , and a bag full of bird’s feathers are just some of the things that residents see on their roads when picking up litter. With Earth Day coming up later this month, Putnam County residents with the coordination of public officials like Southeast Councilwoman Lynne Eckardt are making a […]

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

Brewster School’s Proposed Budget Stays Under Tax Cap

With more aid from New York State than planned, the Brewster Central School District has proposed a budget that remains under the tax cap without bleeding programs. The school district is proposing a tax levy increase of 1.9 percent, which is under the allowable tax cap imposed by the state with room to breath, according […]

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

Electronic Sign in Southeast Changed to Support Trump

An electronic traffic sign that alerts drivers along Route 312 to road construction was changed to show support for this year’s most controversial presidential candidate. The sign was changed to “Trump 2016” last month by an unknown person or group and now, the case is actually under investigation by the New York State Police, according […]

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

Local Residents Shed Their Hair in Honor of Smiling Warrior

By Neal Rentz Several residents from Putnam County and elsewhere willingly lost their hair on Saturday in Carmel for a good cause and in honor of a young Kevin Blackman who was lost too soon. They had their heads shaved at the Italia Barber Shop in the Putnam Plaza Shopping Center to benefit the St. […]

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

Area Lawmakers React to State Budget Approval

With a minimum wage increase the focal point of the New York State budget, Governor Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers agreed on an annual spending plan against the March 31 deadline totaling $156 billion. The agreement would raise the minimum wage to $15 in New York City by the end of 2018 and initiate slower […]

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Southeast Town Board to Reconsider Sewer Rates for Home Depot

Court was in session Thursday night in the Town of Southeast, but it wasn’t a judge presiding, rather the Southeast town board. With Supervisor Tony Hay moderating, Southeast town board members heard both sides of the sewer price fight between Home Depot and Independent Sewer Works Inc. in which Home Depot, located along Route 312, […]

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

Working Families Party Endorsees Falk for 40th Senate Seat

In a potential primary for the chance to represent the Democratic Party in the 40th New York State Senate race, one endorsement has already been announced. The Working Families Party announced that Patterson resident Andrew Falk is its candidate of choice in the 40th senate district. While it’s not shocking a Democrat got the party’s […]